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Credited cast:
Bruce Balden ... Himself (as Bruce)
Jacqueline Bassett Jacqueline Bassett ... Herself (as Jackie)
Symon Basterfield Symon Basterfield ... Himself (archive footage) (as Symon)
Andrew Brackfield ... Himself (as Andrew)
John Brisby John Brisby ... Himself (as John)
Suzanne Dewey Suzanne Dewey ... Herself (as Suzy)
Charles Furneaux Charles Furneaux ... Himself (archive footage) (as Charles)
Nicholas Hitchon ... Himself (as Nick)
Neil Hughes Neil Hughes ... Himself (as Neil)
Lynn Johnson Lynn Johnson ... Herself (as Lynn)
Paul Kligerman Paul Kligerman ... Himself (as Paul)
Susan Sullivan Susan Sullivan ... Herself (as Sue)
Tony Walker ... Himself (as Tony)
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Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last seven years. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Every seven years, Michael Apted has returned to record the lives of 14 people, tracing their ambitions, successes, their failures, their loves and even one's madness. Seven years are up. Discover where they are now.


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English | Bengali | Bulgarian

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15 January 1992 (USA) See more »

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35 лет See more »

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$922,872
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Granada Television See more »
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Life itself...
22 December 2017 | by ElMaruecan82See all my reviews

I've been watching "Siskel& Ebert" reviews for years, but it's only one week ago that I discovered through their "35 Up" review Michael Apted's "Up" documentary series. I saw it from the start and got instantly hooked up. This is one of the most fascinating and ambitious projects that ever used TV as a medium. A work for the ages. The moment is twice pivotal, because I'm back to the "35 Up", and because I happen to be 35. From now on, they'll be older than me and maybe the documentary will try to teach me lessons, rather than inspire me regrets.

Indeed, as I said before, the appeal of this program is that by being able to provide glimpses of the same lives every seven years, it allows us to detect some common denominators between the kids, the teens they became and the adult they were. At first, we try to guess who is going to be happy, to succeed, now, we try to find out why they did or didn't. Indirectly, it made me measure my own accomplishments or lack of. It always seems easy when you do it retrospectively and I admire them for playing the game till the end. I was pleasantly surprised that John came back, he declined to be interviewed at the age of 28, stating that he was fully satisfied, which could pass as snobbery. But here he's back, at 35, revealing richer layers of his personality, starting with his Bulgarian background which encouraged him to take part to some Balkan-oriented charity events. I don't think he ever mentioned that his mother was Bulgarian in the other episodes. Peter and Simon declined to be interviewed, perhaps because they had no call for people's attention, which is understandable.

But the others are still there and I think Apted had found his pace and uses practically the same order as the other episodes. I expected Tony to be the first, he's still high- spirited, trying to fulfill all his dreams, being a cab driver, raising a family, taking acting courses etc.. Bruce has never gave up on his idealism and still teaches courses to immigrants children and goes visit Bangladesh to understand the background of his pupils, every word he delivers speaks a lot about his generous nature and profound altruism. I really liked Bruce.

And other couples are doing quite happily, Paul, Andrew, Nicholas and Suzie they're all stable and content with themselves. The film isn't always as 'dramatic' as the previous ones, but it features some very poignant moments, many involving deaths or health problems. Sadly, Lynn has been diagnosed with some brain condition and I guess the show was heading to that, sooner or later. Parents are getting old, some have left the world, and while we don't know when this will end, we know how it will. I got so accustomed to these people, they became family and I know the show will reach a point when one subject will die, if not Apted.

But let's just embrace the present, and appreciate that for all his emotional struggles, the most troubled subject Neil is alive. It's funny but reading my previous reviews, I never really gave much thoughts about Neil, I simply didn't see his troubles coming. His personality was positive and cheerful but something between the "14" and "21" episode must have totally derailed him. Neil lives in a remote Scottish country from welfare and trying to have a place in a rather modest community. As he says "I've got many things I want to do, but the question is how likely am I to do them?" This is a man intellectually advanced enough to diagnose his problems, not emotionally apt to solve them.

Neil is the eternal question mark and maybe he has somewhat found his status by being an unlikely spokesperson to all the misfits of the worlds. I was surprised by how slightly distracted I was at the middle of the documentary. I was waiting for "Neil" part but Apted kind of anticipated it and the way he constructs his documentary shows that he knows exactly it has to start with Tony who's like the little mascot, then Suzie. In the middle. At mid-point, there's John's comeback. And the documentary has got to end with Neil, it is almost indecent to go back to sights of suburban happiness after him.

But who's happy anyway? I like the comment from Jackie, the idea of being unhappy never occurs to her until the next seven years when Apted comes "nosing around", it was deep in a funny way. Sometimes, the simple question, "are you happy?" implies that you're not. And maybe the reason we want to see this documentary, one episode after another, is because we're not happy or let's just say: we're not as happy as we wished. But again, who is? I don't expect answers of course, I'm not even expecting drastic changes for the next episode, I only wish I will find Lynn in good health and Neil in a better state.

But it's incredible how things change in seven years. I said I'm 35, it's been coincidentally 7 years that I started reviewing movies on IMDb, and while I was reading the early ones and try to find hints about my character, I realized I could also be subject to my own introspection and have glimpses of the state of mind that lead to the very choices I ended up regretting. They were imperceptible then but now, they're as plain as the nose in the face.

So, we might lose hair, gain weight but there's always something in the mind, the heart and the eye that resist the passing of time and speak a core-truth about us, whatever it is, it's what the "Up" series is always digging in. And the hints are more interesting than the answers.


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